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17th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets al Qaeda Facilitator in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

During a raid in Nuristan province on May 15, Afghan and Coalition special operations forces targeted a senior Taliban leader who is known to assist members of al Qaeda in Afghanistan...

10th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

‘Iranian Citizens’ Reported Killed in ISAF Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Last week, Afghan news outlets reported that ISAF aircraft killed a Taliban commander, two "Iranian citizens," and several fighters in an airstrike in the Pusht Rod district...

8th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Launches Multiple Raids Against IMU as Fighting Season Heats Up

Patrick Megahan

Since the beginning of May, Afghan and Coalition forces have launched five operations targeting the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the northern province of Baghlan.

5th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills 2 ‘Arab’-Linked Commanders in Nuristan

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan forces killed two "Arab"-linked insurgent commanders, a wanted Saudi and an Afghan, during two separate raids in the Waygal district of Nuristan province...

4th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Soldier Kills 2 ISAF Troops in Latest Green-on-Blue Attack

Bill Roggio

An Afghan soldier killed two NATO troops in an attack in western Afghanistan today. The attack is the sixth green-on-blue, or insider attack, in which Afghan security...

2nd May 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets ‘Insurgent Leader’ Linked to Haqqanis, Pakistani Taliban, and ‘Arabs’

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted a "senior insurgent leader" with links to the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, the Haqqani Network, and "Arabs" operating...

1st May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Assassinate Member of Afghan High Peace Council

Bill Roggio

The Taliban assassinated a member of the Afghan High Peace Council in a complex ambush in Helmand province today. The Taliban have now assassinated three senior members...

30th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Focusing Efforts Against IMU in Baghlan District

Patrick Megahan

Afghan and Coalition forces continued operations against the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) during a raid on April 28 in northern Afghanistan. The raid successfully...

29th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network’s Taj Mir Jawad Subgroup Targeted in Raid

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted "a high-profile attack facilitator" for the Taj Mir Jawad Network during a raid in eastern Afghanistan yesterday. Taj Mir Jawad...

27th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Promise Suicide Assaults, ‘Insider Attacks’ in This Year’s Spring Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban announced that this year's spring offensive would begin on April 28 and would focus on suicide assaults on Coalition installations, as well as "insider attacks"...

25th April 2013 - National Review Online

The Syrian Conundrum

Clifford D. May

President Obama warned the Assad regime not to use chemical weapons against the rebels. To do so, he said, would be to cross a “red line.” So now that it’s been crossed the consequences are . . . unclear.

22nd April 2013 - The Tower

Has Turkey Betrayed the West?

On January 25 of this year, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a stunning but widely overlooked announcement: His government was interested in joining the Shanghai...

20th April 2013 - Cited by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, The Washington Post

Reduced Security Blamed for Taliban Attack

Bill Roggio

The Taliban fighters who blew up a half-dozen U.S. Marine fighter jets on a sprawling NATO base last fall were able to walk easily onto the encampment because patrols of the perimeter...

19th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Senior IMU Leader Targeted in Samangan Province

Patrick Megahan

Afghan and Coalition special operation forces conducted a raid targeting a senior leader for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) two days ago in northern Afghanistan. This is the 19th operation targeting...

14th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Operations Against IMU in 2013 at Highest Rate Since War’s Start

Bill Roggio, Patrick Megahan

This past week Afghan and Coalition special operations forces conducted five raids targeting the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in northern Afghanistan.

10th April 2013 - Cited by Bethany Matta, al Jazeera English

Uzbek Fighters Gain Support in Afghan North

Patrick Megahan, Bill Roggio

More than a decade ago, the people of the predominately Uzbek province of Takhar in the country's north fiercely resisted the Taliban's desire to impose Sharia on the region. Indeed, in January 2001, Taloqan...

6th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills 5 ISAF Personnel in Southeastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack in southeastern Afghanistan today that killed three Coalition soldiers and two civilian personnel who worked for the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team.

5th April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Increased Targeting of IMU Continues in Afghan North

Patrick Megahan

During an operation in the northern province of Baghlan on April 3, Afghan and Coalition special operations forces arrested another leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The raid was the 13th operation...

3rd April 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Strikes Courtroom in Western Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team stormed a courthouse in western Afghanistan today in an attempt to free Taliban prisoners who were on trial. The Taliban assault team, estimated at between six to nine fighters,...

26th March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Latest IMU Capture Indicates Resiliency of Terror Group in Afghanistan

Patrick Megahan

Yesterday, Afghan and Coalition forces captured a commander from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan during yet another operation in the Kunduz district of Kunduz province.

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